Raphael drawing—whether in red chalk, ink, charcoal or metal point—was a mode of thought, feeling and experimentationby Emma Crichton-Miller / May 17, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in June 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1st June to 3rd September
In 1845, the Ashmolean acquired the largest group of Raphael drawings in the world. In June they form the core of an unmissable exhibition of 120 drawings. For Raphael drawing—whether in red chalk, ink, charcoal or metal point—was a mode of thought, feeling and experimentation. Eloquence is a key theme—exemplified in the beautiful Studies of the Heads of two Apostles and their Hands c.1519–20, below.
Tate Modern, 13th June to 8th October
Part of Tate’s ongoing commitment to work by women and non-European artists, this is the UK’s first retrospective of Turkish artist Fahrelnissa Zeid. Born in Istanbul in 1901, Zeid married into the Hashemite royal family, living between London and Paris. She created large-scale, dizzyingly colourful abstract paintings, which fuse Byzantine, Islamic and Persian influences with European approaches.